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June 7, 2011 // 2:14 am - Sony's VP of Network Entertainment Eric Lempel has announced today that an optional PS3 System Software update version 3.65 is now released.

In addition to containing new keys, the PlayStation 3 Firmware update simply improves the operating stability of some PS3 format software, and changes the XMB item SaveData Utility (Minis) to SaveData Utility (Minis/PSP).

Download: PS3 Firmware 3.65 Update (US) / PS3 Firmware 3.65 Update (EU)

To quote: Earlier tonight we released an optional system software update (v3.65) for PlayStation 3. This new firmware improves the operating stability of some PS3 format software, and changes the XMB item SaveData Utility (minis) to [SaveData Utility(minis/PSP)].

Again, this update is optional, and can be downloaded by selecting System Update from the Setting column of the XMB.

PS3 System Software Update v3.65 is Released, Optional Update

PS3 System Software Update v3.65 is Released, Optional Update

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#20 - GrandpaHomer - June 8, 2011 // 5:20 am
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Well - maybe then they've already fullfilled their quota of killing enough old PS3s with 3.61 mandatory updates so they'll save it for the next one

#19 - weii - June 8, 2011 // 4:16 am
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Sorry, to clarify some things.

Monday night, after playing MAG trial, which was when they "released" the firmware, it was not quite optional if when signed off from one account and tried to sign on to another account. There were people posting such problems on their blog too.

Obviously, they changed it to optional sometime between then and Tuesday morning because ability to log into the PSN with official firmware 3.61 is back again.

#18 - PS4 News - June 7, 2011 // 5:02 pm
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Some older PS3 Firmware updates weren't mandatory for all users at the time of release also, for example 2.43: http://www.ps4news.com/playstation-3-psn-news/ps3-firmware-update-2-43-released-mandatory-in-japan-only/

#17 - Sostanco - June 7, 2011 // 4:55 pm
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at last we are not force in update the fw. something change?

#16 - NTA - June 7, 2011 // 2:48 pm
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Was expecting a FW update to happen since I've been hearing about PSP games coming to the PS3. Might be another good reason for me to get another PS3 someday lol.

#15 - skrapps - June 7, 2011 // 12:20 pm
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that's funny, it wasn't optional for me.. it wouldn't let me sign into psn unless i updated first. every time i went to sign in, it said a new update is available, please update your system software yes or no. i chose no, and it wouldn't sign in.

tried to sign in, and the same message appeared.

#14 - aamir007 - June 7, 2011 // 9:50 am
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I hope and hope like every other update sony have been stupid and left an exploit for us to hack open.

#13 - gb14929 - June 7, 2011 // 7:42 am
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Just to clear the "OPTIONAL" bit up.. Just signed in to the ps3 and did NOT ask me to update.

I then played a game of COD BO, again did NOT ask me to update. Went to the PS Store and did NOT ask me to update.

I the went to SYSTEM UPDATE via XMB and it said the 3.65 was available, I'm currently running 3.61, just pressed O to cancel and went back to playing COD BO.

So to me it's OPTIONAL at this time.

regards

GB14929

#12 - OGroteKoning - June 7, 2011 // 6:57 am
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If my memory serves me correctly, I think there was an optional update around 3.2x that prevented you to go on PSN until you updated ... but I could be mistaken

#11 - elser1 - June 7, 2011 // 6:01 am
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ahhh.. it makes you wonder if people have been caught logging in with cfw3.61 that's why the update is here and its optional as the cfw isnt released publically yet.. HMMM. wonder if theres a gaping hole in 3.61.. wish i knew what to do, but i don't so i'm gonna sit here and speculate.. LOL